The death of a baby in Iowa has prompted the recall of more than half a million Dorel cribs this week.
The six-month-old child from Cedar Rapids was sleeping in a crib that the parents had tried to repair themselves after the drop-side hardware broke.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, which is facilitating the recall, there have been thirty-one reported drop side incidents, six of which entrapped children. Most children only suffered bruising, but the baby who died was actually strangled in the crib. The cribs are also subject to slat breakage – with thirty-six incidents reported in recent months.
This isn’t Dorel’s first recall. Late last month a quarter of a million play yards with bassinets made by the Barbados company were called back due to a suffocation risk.
Cribs are becoming a major recall item – one million play cribs from Kolcraft were recalled last summer, followed by two million StorkCraft cribs in November, then a reissued Simplicity crib recall last month. At this rate, where will babies sleep?
If you have a Dorel Crib, here are the numbers to look for:
|Model Number||Front Rail||Description|
|WM1633||Drop side||3-1 Sleigh Crib ï¿½ Cherry|
|WM1633-0||Drop side||3-1 Sleigh Crib – Cherry (no castors)|
|WM1676BC||Fixed||4-1 Bethany James Crib ï¿½ Walnut|
|WM1676BCR-DC||Fixed||2-1 Crib ï¿½ Walnut|
|WM2163||Fixed||4-1 Crib ï¿½ Manhattan Walnut|
|WM2163DC||Fixed||4-1 Crib ï¿½ Manhattan Walnut|
|WM1633-0-DC||Fixed||3-1 Sleigh Crib (no castors)|
|GP004B3EGR||Drop side||3-1 Convertible ï¿½ Espresso|
|GP004B3WGR||Drop side||3-1 Convertible ï¿½ White|
|GP006BCEGR||Drop side||Single ï¿½ Espresso|
|GP006BCWGR||Drop side||Single ï¿½ White|
|DA1615B3||Drop side||3-1 Convertible Crib ï¿½ Natural|
|DAKM5132||Drop side||3-1 Convertible Crib ï¿½ White|
|DASE5005||Drop side||Cottage Hill Single Crib ï¿½ White|
|DASE5009||Drop side||Vintage Estate 3-1 Sleigh Crib ï¿½ Cherry|
|DA0504KMC-1N||Drop side||3-1 Heritage Crib ï¿½ Natural|
|DA0504KMC-1W||Drop side||3-1 Heritage Crib ï¿½ White|
|DA1614B3||Drop side||3-1 Lexington Crib ï¿½ Cherry|
|DAKM5152||Drop side||Single Jenny Lind Crib – Walnut|
|DASE5015||Drop side||3-1 Convertible – Toffee|
The Dorel cribs in question were sold at K-Mart, Sears and Wal-Mart stores nationwide from January 2005 through December 2009 for between $120 and $700. If you have one, the CPSC recommends removing your child from it immediately. Do NOT try to fix it yourself.
Call Dorel Asia toll-free at (866) 762-2304 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday to get your repair kit, or visit Dorel’s site to order.
More by this author: